Robinson+Cole has four offices across its home state of Connecticut and ten more offices across the U.S. At more than 250 lawyers strong, the firm serves clients ranging from startups to Fortune 50 companies. Associates here are incredibly happy, which is clear from the firm’s placement in 17 of Vault’s quality of life rankings, including being named #17 Best Law Firm to Work For Overall. The firm is also a leader in tech, wellness, diversity, and transparency.

Firm Stats


Total No. Attorneys (2021)

150 - 250


No. of Partners Named (2021)



Featured Rankings

Best Law Firms for Technology & Innovation


No. of 1st Year Associates Hired (2020)



No. of Summer Associates (2021)

7 (4 2Ls, 3 1Ls)


Base Salary

All offices

Vault Verdict

Robinson+Cole is uniquely concentrated in the Northeast—seven of its 14 offices are there—but its presence in NYC, the mid-Atlantic, Miami, and Los Angeles has allowed it to extend its global reach and influence. Being a smaller firm in several smaller markets, it tends to bring in associates from local or nearby law schools who have good grades and work or clerkship experience. Personality fit is key, and the firm exudes a congenial work environment in which all employees are viewed as important members of the team. Partners are pleasant and supportive, appreciative of associates’ work, and attentive to associates’ skill development. Robinson+Cole has a strong orientation program for lateral hires. Training is regular and helpful, and new associates receive excellent support from...

About the Firm

Robinson+Cole was founded in 1845 in Connecticut, and while the firm still has deep roots there, its presence now spans the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, California, and Florida. With more than 250 lawyers among its ranks, Robinson+Cole is an AmLaw 200 firm with clients ranging from startups to Fortune 50 companies.

From Trials to Transactions

Attorneys at Robinson+Cole work in 11 main practice areas, advising clients across a range of industries including construction, education, energy, exempt organizations, financial institutions, food and beverage, healthcare, insurance, IP & technology, manufacturing, coastal ports, real estate, telecommunication, and technology. The firm also pens various blogs relating to some of these areas.

Close to one third of the firm’s...

Associate Reviews


  • “The firm has a very kind and humane culture. The associates are friendly with each other and most partners take a strong interest in the professional development of associates. The lawyers and staff interact closely on matters, with paralegals and assistants being seen as key members of the team.”
  • “The firm's culture consists of a healthy balance between social and professional.”
  • “For the most part, everyone is friendly and does their best to make each other's days better. I have had great interactions with staff, who are very responsive and helpful. The social elements have been lacking a bit due to COVID, but indications are that those elements will return.”

Why Work Here


Robinson+Cole is an AmLaw 200 law firm established 175 years ago with a deeply-rooted culture of collaboration, civility and inclusion. We share a rich history and culture of community involvement, pro bono service and dedication to client service. Our past shapes and informs  us, but it does not define us. The connections we have today and will make tomorrow keep us focused on the future, helping to refine our methods while devising new ways to best serve clients and maintain a competitive advantage in the legal profession.

More than ever, a modern law firm must be flexible and creative to thrive. This is not simply adapting to the changing legal landscape; it is taking the initiative to ensure mutually-rewarding business relationships with our clients. Alternative fee arrangements are a regular fixture of the conversation between law firms and their clients, and warrant consideration even when they may not fit a particular set of circumstances. We welcome those conversations.


Diversity at Robinson + Cole LLP

"We welcome an inclusive work environment where the diverse backgrounds of all of our lawyers and other professionals are respected and each individual is empowered to succeed. To that end, we are Mansfield Rule 5.0 Certified and have signed on to Diversity Lab’s Mansfield Rule 6.0, a year-long certification process that runs from July to June, developed to increase the representation of diverse lawyers in leadership positions by broadening the pool of women, lawyers of color, lawyers with disabilities, and LGBTQ++ lawyers..."

Getting Hired Here


  • “The firm considers prior work experience, clerkship, personality, diversity, and grades. There do not appear to be particular feeder schools. The firm looks for someone who can not only do the work, but also is a good personality fit.”
  • “Given how the firm is structured (predominantly in CT), CT schools tend to be ‘feeder’ schools, with UConn probably topping that list. They definitely want good grades and other experience goes a long way as well (this could come in the form of law review, interesting internships (clerkship if lateral), prior work experience).”
  • “The firm is not as big as other Vault firms, so it is both more selective and less selective. They do not hire exclusively from T14 and seem to hire more on fit than on specific expertise or education.”

Perks & Benefits

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